On Land and On Sea Photographs

An exhibition showcasing many roles of women both in maritime industries and beyond will open at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels this spring. On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection features the work of Morris and Stanley Rosenfeld, who created the world’s largest and most significant collection of maritime photography. More than 1 million of the Rosenfelds’ images are owned and curated by Mystic Seaport Museum. This exhibition will be on display in CBMM’s Steamboat building from May 17, 2019, through March 1, 2020.

This serene image is an advertisement for the “Sea Horse” outboard motor. This image is one of several featured in On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection, an exhibition opening at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Friday, May 17. To learn more, visit cbmm.org. Afloat: Johnson Outboard Motor, 1947. Mystic Seaport Museum, Rosenfeld Collection, 1984.187.117987F. To purchase a print of one of the images featured in the Rosenfeld collection, visit store.mysticseaport.org.

The iconic photos featured in this exhibition are recognizable to the general public and are treasured by boating enthusiasts. On Land and On Sea includes images selected by Margaret L. Andersen Rosenfeld, the daughter-in-law of Stanley Rosenfeld and a recognized academic and University of Delaware sociology professor emeritus who currently lives in Oxford. Drawing upon her scholarship, On Land and On Sea reveals the social and historical context of women over the better part of the 20th century through the lenses of the Rosenfelds’ cameras.

“The Rosenfelds set out to capture the play of light on the water they saw in yachting, raising photography to art,” CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher said of the featured artists, who also ran a thriving commercial photography business in New York. “But their cameras captured more than they intended, incidentally documenting the changing roles of women in America. This exhibition explores new messages in the work of the most celebrated yachting photographers.”

In addition to the Rosenfelds’ work, this exhibition will feature photographs of women from CBMM’s own collection. Highlighted artists will include A. Aubrey Bodine, Constance Stuart Larrabee, and Robert de Gast. CBMM has around 50,000 photographs, both historic and contemporary, in its collection. This exhibition is generously sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all. Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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